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Nick Tsiavos solo bass + Hold The Lions Paw with Nick Tsiavos

Reuben Lewis’ psychedelic jazz group I Hold The Lion's Paw will assemble at The Brunswick Green with special guests every first Tuesday of 2019.

Fela Kuti meets Miles Davis, meets Karlheinz Stockhausen. IHTLP sounds familiar and, at the same time, like nothing else you’ve ever heard. Nominated for ‘Best Jazz Ensemble’ in the 2018 Australian Jazz "BELL" Awards, their music is born out of an organic cross-over of afro-beat, jazz and outré electronics.

Their debut studio album ‘Abstract Playgrounds’, was released in 2018 on Earshift Music and has been described by Andy Hamilton in The Wire: Adventures In Modern Music as “a beguiling stew of afro-beat, jazz-rock-inflected postbop, and electro-acoustic noise – and on a deeper level, one of the richest, most insightful examinations of Miles Davis’s early 1970s work that I know.”

“Is this exactly where jazz needed to have ended up? Future-primitive grooves – there are echoes of Radiohead, what Robert Plant is doing in rock and Sydney’s 20th Century Dog are doing in jazz. It is an exhilarating spirit that moves this collective, taking the best from the past, and from the future and grafting them to the present.” - John Hardaker, Words About Music

“Danceable, infectious, and the inevitable deconstructions are subtle - ★★★★” – Eric Myers, The Australian

“Abstract Playgrounds conjures its own unique rhythmic universe, spurred on by an unfettered belief in improvisation and group dynamics. It’s a high-wire act, made possible by the fact that IHTLP is awash with first-rank improvisers.” - Des Cowley, Australian Jazz

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photo credit - Rhys Newling - Video Artist

This event is happening on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to all elders past, present and emerging and recognise that Indigenous Sovereignty was never ceded.

Earlier Event: May 1
Tango Sur
Later Event: May 15
PRIME Album Launch